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My review

Oh my! What a ride this book was! I expected a routine police procedural but I got so much more in this book. It was everything the blurb said and more!

A newborn was left on the doorstep of the library on a cold, rainy December night and DNA testing showed the child to be Debbie’s daughter. Debbie who was presumed missing since the past 4 years. This lit a fire in DI Gina and her gang, and then it was a race against time to find and save Debbie.

An exciting fast-paced thriller by Carla Kovach, the story though routine, the writing escalates it to a higher level. I couldn’t put down this book. I had to read it a one go. Everytime I tried to stop reading, the book called to me and forced me to keep reading. Such was the magic of author Carla Kovach’s writing!

Carla has written this book in third person in 3 POV. DI Gina and her investigation, Debbie along with her kidnapper, and Luke and his mother-in-law Cathy. This investigative story also shows the humane side of life, where a cop has a shaky relationship with her daughter due to her reluctance to reveal secrets of the past. A husband/father trying to bring up his kids with his MIL without knowing if his wife has left voluntarily or against her wishes. A woman kidnapped and chained for 4 years, forced to undergo torture, abuse, and rape, gives birth to premie daughter and left with a torn, bleeding body.

In narrating the story, Carla has weaved the personal life and trauma of these characters, making it alive and real, without slowing down the pace. The emotions evoked caused an inner quickening of my breath, to know how this story ended. This is the mark of a good thriller.

A fabulous way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

P.S I just wish the publishers stop with the same tag lines. In fact, don’t give the title a tag line. We will give it to you in our reviews.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating : 4.5 stars

About the Author

Carla Kovach was born in Birmingham, UK and now resides in Redditch, Worcestershire. Author of supernatural drama ‘Flame,’ psychological thriller ‘To Let,’ crime thriller ‘Whispers Beneath the Pines, and romantic comedy ‘Meet Me at Marmaris Castle.’ Carla also writes stage and screen plays, some of which have been produced in the Worcestershire area.

Book blurb

Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her for the short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again…

Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results.

The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive…

Product Details

Publication date : 2nd April, 2018

Publisher : Bookouture

Language : English

Available on Amazon

Thrilling police procedural

24 Responses

    1. Depends on the font and the line gap, on an average for formatting the books, it should have 250 or so words, then it looks neat.
      Why what happened

      1. Just asking, I think I found a good editor I just need write a good story so 15 praise for initial draft. Hey do you give any slot or time edit.

        1. It depends on the number of words and the amount of work that is needed. When I edited your chapter 1, it took me about a couple of hours, so it all depends on the manuscript. For a 50000 words, complete line by line editing, I would say 4 to 6 weeks. It all depends.
          When you are ready, I will make time for you, so don’t worry about my time or slot

    2. And I don’t edit physical books so it’s all done online, so it depends the style of different and how they write and in which font and the size of the font and spacing between words. Since I edit lines, I don’t need to know how many words are there in 1 page. I don’t format generally. I formatted a technical handbook so far. And they wanted a new chapter on a new page with the words looking neat

  1. Great review Shalini! I still wonder to myself how one would feel if a baby showed up belonging to a missing relative, very thought provoking case in this one.

  2. LIKE WΗAT DADDY, TELL US, TELL US.? Each boys jumped up and down wanbting
    to know the right waу to make Goߋd happy.

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